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Spider eating a midge.

Observed: 2nd November 2013 By: moremothmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebrates
Spider eating a midge.
Spider eating a midge.
Description:

A spider eating a midge on my back wall, early morning. Midges were flitting around the light of my moth trap.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

stevegregory's picture

This is not Neottiura

Compare with image at http://www.ispotnature.org/node/370986.

Metellina merianae? e.g. see http://www.ispotnature.org/node/371036

Best wishes

moremoth's picture

Not Neottiura

I see what you mean. This is too big and light coloured. Most of the M. merianae pics I can find don't have the light patch, but a few do. This one lives under the overhang of a balcony by my garage door, so it's always shaded, and you could say it is rather like a cave entrance.
Bill

Bill Welch

stevegregory's picture

The light streak would be an

The light streak would be an uncommon colour variety - but they do occur.

I believe Neottiura lives on the ground (I usually see it in pitfall traps) - not in doorways (or cave entrances!).

Call me a non-committal coward, but I'm waiting for an opinion by a spider expert!